IndiGo To Resume Hyderabad-Dhaka Flights
IndiGo is gradually expanding its network by not just introducing new domestic and international flights but also restoring previously dropped routes. The airline has recently increased its footprint in the Middle East, and now, it has announced the resumption of its Hyderabad-Dhaka service from next month.
Back in December
IndiGo has announced that it will bring back its Hyderabad-Dhaka flight from December 8th. The carrier has said that the latest move aligns with its aim to reconnect India with international markets post-COVID. Vinay Malhotra, Global Sales Head at IndiGo, commented,
“This will not only create direct connectivity between these cities but also support the medical tourists travelling from Bangladesh to India. We are committed to providing choices to our customers at affordable fares, with an on-time performance, and a courteous and hassle-free service.”
The thrice weekly flights from Hyderabad to Dhaka will depart at 13.55 and arrive at 16.45. The return flight from Dhaka will depart at 17.45 and land in Hyderabad at 19.55. The carrier is hoping to capitalize on the demand for medical travel in this sector and cites data given by the Indian Tourism Ministry, which says that Bangladesh accounts for almost 54% of all foreign medical tourists to India.
IndiGo has also been witnessing a strong comeback in business travel and revealed in June that it saw a 100% rebound in corporate travel in the previous months. Airlines had been preparing to bank heavily on leisure passengers in their post-COVID recovery phase. And while pent-up travel demand is indeed driving the passenger numbers up, other avenues, such as business and medical travel, too, are opening up.
Photo: Getty Images
IndiGo also celebrated another milestone recently by officially entering the dedicated cargo market by deploying its newly acquired Airbus A321 freighter on the busy Delhi-Mumbai sector on November 15th.
The passenger-to-freighter converted plane flew general freight on its maiden commercial flight, carrying a payload of more than 20 tons on each leg. Mahesh Malik, Chief Commercial Officer – CarGo, commented,
“We are excited at kicking off a new chapter in IndiGo’s journey with the inaugural CarGo flights. Delhi and Mumbai are the two biggest commercial hubs in the country, and the response we have received from customers for our service offering is very encouraging. We expect the business to grow over the coming few months, as we expand our fleet of freighters and add new destinations to our CarGo network.”
IndiGo received the delivery of its first freighter plane in September and will induct another Airbus A321P2F aircraft by December to support its all-cargo operations.
What are your views on IndiGo’s expansion strategy post-COVID? Please let us know in the comment section below.